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My oldest daughter decided to start doing these monthly updates and I thought it was a great idea.  I even decided to join the What I’m Into link party at Leigh Kramer‘s blog.


OUT-AND-ABOUT:


READING:

Well, once again, much of what I’ve been reading this month is required reading for the MFA Program.  Here’s a list of books I read in March (in no particular order):

  • Lisa Robertson,The Men: A Lyric Book
  • Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida
  • Kate Durbin, E! Entertainment
  • Charlotte Mason, Home Education
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay, Selected Poems of Edna St. Vincent Millay

It seems like I’ve read other titles this month, but for some reason, they’re just not coming to me offhand.


TELEVISION:


MUSIC:


GRAD SCHOOL:

One third of the way done!  Finished off Winter Quarter 2015.  Spring Break was only one week long, but it gave me the chance to catch my breath before diving in again.

Here are a few of my creative projects from school:


BLOGS and BOOKS and EZINES, oh my!

Nothing particularly new happening on any of my blogs this month.

This month, I published a small book, The Outdoor Life of Children, containing a compilation of Charlotte Mason’s writing/thoughts on the importance of children being out-of-doors.  Charlotte Mason was a British educator from the last century whose methods and philosophies are currently experiencing a revival, especially among American private and home schools.  Eventually there will be a full series of educational topics from Charlotte Mason’s writings (including nature study, geography, history, early childhood education, and more).

I’ve also recently begun publishing two e-magazines which pull information from all over the internet into one easy-to-negotiate online magazine format.


I’ll be trying to remember to post one of these monthly wrap-ups at the end of each month this year.  I’m not really updating this blog regularly right now with all my school-related things going on, so I thought this could be a nice way to keep in touch a little bit more.

Hope everyone’s well!  Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you’re out there.

Simply Yours,

Debi

Super excited right now!

Super duper excited right now. The rights to several of my older books and audiotapes have been officially returned to me so I can now set about revamping them and republishing them.

  • Mix-and-Match Recipes
  • Frozen Assets Readers’ Favorites
  • A Simple Choice: A practical guide to saving your time, money, and sanity
  • “Living Within Your Means” audiotape
  • “Frozen Assets” audiotape

When a book ends up on the Back List for a long time—but the rights are still held by the publisher—it can be sort of frustrating. So this is great news. My books are mine again!

Time to breathe life back into them.  Stay tuned for updates!

My oldest daughter decided to start doing these monthly updates and I thought it was a great idea.  I even decided to join the What I’m Into link party at Leigh Kramer.


READING:

Well, once again, almost everything I’ve been reading this month is required reading for the MFA Program.  Here’s a list of books I read in February (in no particular order):

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
  • Oulipo: A Primer of Potential Literature, by Warren F. Motte, Jr.
  • The Tales, by Jessica Bozek
  • Voyager, by Srikanth Reddy
  • Zong!, by M. NourbeSe Philip
  • Of Lamb, by Matthea Harvey
  • Fortino Samano: The Overflowing of the Poem, by Virginie Lalucq and Jean-Luc Nancy
  • The End of San Francisco, by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
  • Citizen: An American Lyric, by Claudia Rankine

Lots of experimental poetry and reading again.  Like last month, I’ve come to appreciate the books we read even if I didn’t exactly enjoy all of them.  ;)


TELEVISION:

I don’t have cable or television reception anymore, so I tend to binge watch favorite series online these days.


MY BROWSER HISTORY:

I watched this dance video more than once this month.  Moving, beautiful, and more than a little bit awe-inspiring.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH8BYfsot4o


MUSIC:

When not listening to the traffic report, this is the radio station I listen to in the car.


GRAD SCHOOL:

This quarter of the MFA program has been pretty much dedicated to experimental writing.  Consequently, much of the writing I’ve been doing has been well outside my usual genre of non-fiction.  If you’d like to see a few examples, you can find them here:

 


BLOGGY-NESS

After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I did a massive purge of my clothing.  Quite the accomplishment, if I do say so myself.  You can read about it here:

I have a blog/website dedicated to the educational philosophies of Charlotte Mason, a British educator from the last century whose ideas and methods have experienced a revival, especially among American private and home schools.  I spent some time revamping the page by adding a new header and generally rearranging things.  Still have a lot of work to do on it, but that will probably have to wait until a break from school (maybe this summer).

I also published a small book containing Charlotte Mason’s thoughts on the formation of habits in children.  Eventually it will become a series of educational topics from her writings (including nature study, geography, history, early childhood education, and more).


I’ll be trying to remember to post one of these monthly wrap-ups at the end of each month this year.  I’m not really updating this blog regularly right now with all my school-related things going on, so I thought this could be a nice way to keep in touch a little bit more.

Hope everyone’s well!  Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you’re out there.

Simply Yours,

Debi

Self Care: Slowing Down

by Kelsey L. Munger:

This is my oldest daughter’s latest blog post. I’ve had to prioritize self-care lately, too. Like mother, like daughter?

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My daughter decided to start doing these monthly updates and I thought it was a great idea.  I even decided to join the What I’m Into link party at Leigh Kramer.  :D


READING:

Almost everything I’ve been reading this month is required reading for the MFA Program.  Some of the reading is excellent.  Some of it is … um … well … super strange?  Welcome to the literary “art” world. ;)

Here’s a list of books I read in January for classes, in case you’re interested (in no particular order — this is just how they sit on my shelf right now):

  • Bluets by Maggie Nelson
  • Urban Tumbleweed by Harryette Mullen
  • Sixty Morning Walks by Andy Fitch
  • The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino
  • Sleeping with the Dictionary by Harryette Mullen
  • Looking Up Harryette Mullen by Barbara Henning
  • Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein
  • A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon by CA Conrad
  • An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris by Georges Perec
  • Midwinter Day by Bernadette Mayer

Although I’ve come to have an appreciation for each of these works, the only one I truly enjoyed reading and would’ve read on my own was Urban Tumbleweed.  Actually, now that I think about it, that book wasn’t required reading for the MFA program.  I chose to read it because after researching Harryette Mullen for a class presentation, I thought it sounded like something I might enjoy.  Mullen wrote tankas (5 line Japanese poems) after taking walks in her local city parks.

After reading it, I even tried my hand at writing some tankas after walking in my own local parks.

I’m sure there are probably other things I’ve read this past month that I’m forgetting offhand.


TELEVISION:

To start off, I don’t have any television reception.  No cable.  No antennae.  Nada.

Partly because I can’t really afford cable at the moment, but also because I know how easily I can get sucked into TV sitcoms, reality shows, The Voice, and even the evening news.  I have too much going on since I returned to school to spend much time watching the tube.  I’ve made an active, conscious choice to not have TV at this time in my life.

BUT … (yes, there’s a “but”) … I binge watch shows on Amazon Instant Video and Netflix from time to time.  ;-)

I finished all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation just before school started back up in early January.  Then I started watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine about two weeks ago.   Whenever I need a break from homework or from reading super “artsy” materials, it seems to be a good way to cleanse my palette for the next course.  I was surprised to discover that Next Generation is my all-time favorite Star Trek series so far.  I didn’t particularly enjoy it when it first came on TV back in the 80’s, so I only watched it sporadically then.  For some unknown reason, I LOVE it now.  Maybe I’m just more accustomed to Patrick Stewart and tend to love anything he’s in?

I don’t normally watch the NBC reality show, The Biggest Loser, but this season the son of a long-time friend was on the show. I watched every week, even though it meant waiting until the next day because I have classes on Thursday nights (and I also had to wait for the network to put the current episode onto their website). My friend’s son, Jordan, was the At-Home Winner!  He took home $100K for all his hard work! Way to go, Jordan AlicandroYou’re truly an inspiration!

You can watch highlights of Jordan’s journey here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeybA5e3x4w

Oh, and I watched the SuperBowl, but had to go to my oldest daughter’s place to see the game.   I’m not a big sports fan, but I do try to watch the SuperBowl every year (especially when the Seahawks are playing).  :)


MY BROWSER:

  • Club Pogo (I like to play Boggle Bash, Scrabble, and Dice City Roller)

MUSIC:

Sad to say that I don’t listen to music much these days.  Usually just in the car while driving to and from school.  And even then, I just usually listen to one CD over and over again for a couple of weeks.  :-)

Current CD on constant replay in the car is Joe Strummer and the Mescalero’s Global-a-Go-Go

Before that, it was Paul McCartney’s Good Evening New York City

And of course I’m always singing the random can’t-get-it-out-of-my-head songs that haunt my days:  Rubber Ducky has been the main ear worm this month ;-)


FOOD/RECIPES:

I made Confetti Salad for one of our SuperBowl treats this year.  It’s always a favorite around here.


GRAD SCHOOL:

I finally feel like I’m getting into the swing of things.  The first quarter of the MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics was challenging for me (numerous reasons but mainly health-related), but this second quarter seems to be going much better.

For a brief update on how the MFA program is going:  Reflections After Fall Quarter


BLOGGY-NESS

I put together an Oral History report on my grandmother, Madeline Taylor (as of this past month, she’s now 104 years young!).  I gave assorted friends and family bound copies for Christmas gifts.

Then, just for fun, I decided in January — in honor of her birthday — to put Grandma’s story on the web.  Yes, my grandma now has her own domain.  The photo is Grandma and me when I was about two at their house on Lake Washington.

Stop by and read about Grandma’s life when you have time.  She’s a fascinating woman who has lived a long and interesting life:

MadelineTaylor.net

 

I’ve also been adding some of the writing experiments I’ve been doing in my classes to my personal “just-for-fun” blog.  Check it out.  It’s all very experimental and not my normal writing style by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s kinda fun to shake things up a bit.

debitaylorhough.com


I’ll be trying to remember to post one of these monthly wrap-ups at the end of each month this year.  I’m not really updating this blog regularly right now with all my school-related things going on, so I thought this could be a nice way to keep in touch a little bit more.

Hope everyone’s well!  Leave a comment and let me know if you’re still out there.  :)

Simply Yours,

Debi

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